With the support of adidas, his athletes, and his loyal family, Mark opened the first Athletes’ Performance Institute in 1999 in a temporary space on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. In 2000, Athletes’ Performance and Arizona State University entered into a public-private land agreement (ASU’s first such agreement ever), giving Athletes’ Performance the opportunity to build its own state-of-the-art facility on the grounds of ASU. The facility, now known as Athletes’ Performance – Arizona (APAZ), opened its doors in 2001 and won instant international acclaim for its design and functionality. A true refuge for the elite athlete, APAZ began to attract elite athletes from around the globe, each of whom recognized the value of Athletes’ Performance’s ethical and integrated approach to performance training. Before too long, many of the top champions in sport – across all sports – began to call Athletes’ Performance their off-season home.
In 2001, Athletes’ Performance began its ground-breaking NFL Combine preparation program. Prospective NFL athletes began coming to AP for focused training to prepare them for the tests of the NFL Combine in the hopes of improving their draft position and developing a foundation for a long and successful career in the league. Athletes’ Performance’s combine preparation program grew quickly, and has included more than 25 first round picks since its inception, including eight each in the 2005 and 2006 NFL Drafts.
The Athletes’ Performance footprint grew in 2003, when the company opened a second facility at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The 125-acre Home Depot Center complex, owned and developed by the Anschutz Entertainment Group, is the center of the training and development for America’s top athletes and future stars, linking the youth of today with the professionals and Olympians of tomorrow. The world-class soccer, tennis, cycling and track and field facilities provide Athletes’ Performance an ideal location to offer world-class training to elite athletes. Athletes’ Performance – Los Angeles (APLA) serves as the hub for athletes at the Home Depot Center, offering the full range of AP services out of a 7,400 square foot training facility. At the APLA facility, Athletes’ Performance has supported Gold Medal winning Olympic teams, MLS Cup champions, and All-Stars across every major sport.
In the summer of 2006, Athletes’ Performance gained global recognition for its association with the German National Soccer team, which finished third in the 2006 FIFA World Cup despite a ranking of #22 coming into the event. Athletes’ Performance spent nearly two years with the German team leading up to the event, helping to develop individual solutions for the German players to help them perform at their peak level for the World Cup.
World-class integration, at the heart of Athletes’ Performance’s mission from the beginning, continues to be the company’s service focus. In the spring of 2007, a third Athletes’ Performance facility was opened working in conjunction with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to create Athletes’ Performance at the Andrews Institute in beautiful Gulf Breeze, Florida. The facility seamlessly integrates Dr. Andrews’s surgical practice of more than 400 elite athletes per year with world-class rehabilitative and performance services. This facility is also a perfect training option for athletes on the East Coast.
In the winter of 2009, Athletes’ Performance added a fourth facility to its portfolio, with a location in Frisco, Texas, as the FieldhouseUSA Indoor Sports Center. AP’s facility at FieldhouseUSA will encompass 10,000 square feet and will feature a 7,000 square-foot training floor with state-of-the-art equipment, an Energy System Development (cardiovascular training) section, a nutrition bar, nutrition consultation area, full-service physical therapy, massage and soft tissue work, an acceleration track, indoor turf training area, education classrooms, and an evaluation and testing area, all designed specifically to deliver integrated world-class training to athletes.